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Research presentation

Josefin Westerberg Jacobson

Josefin Westerberg Jacobson, Avdelningschef, Avdelningen för socialt arbete och kriminologi

Research presentation

Josefin Westerberg Jacobson

Senior Lecturer, Head of Department

Research subject: Caring Science

Josefin Westerberg Jacobson holds a bachelor's degree (1995) and a master's degree in psychology (2003) and received her PhD in Caring Sciences in 2010. Since 1995 she has been involved in several research projects, ranging from quality of life among children and adolescents with cerebral palsy to young children's eating habits. In these studies she gained good experience in interviewing children and adolescents, which requires preparation, reflection and knowledge.

After several years with the IDA project (Identification of Dieting in Adolescent girls), first as a research assistant and later as a coordinator, she started her doctoral studies. She defended her thesis in 2010 at Uppsala University in the subject of Caring Sciences. Her thesis work focused on disordered eating, eating disorders, eating habits, physical activity, family influences and psychological factors. The doctoral project examined both risk factors for developing attitudes towards disordered eating and factors that protect against it. After her dissertation, she started working as a senior lecturer here at the University of Gävle with education and research. She has taught and supervised at both undergraduate and graduate level. As of 2016, she has an assignment as Head of Division at the Department of Social Work and Criminology.


Josefin's current research focuses on disordered eating behavior, work engagement and health promotion aspects linked to study/work for people with disordered eating behavior. Furthermore, healthcare professionals' attitudes and beliefs towards patients in psychiatry and mental health.

CURRENT RESEARCH

  • Healthcare professionals' attitudes towards and conditions for working with people with mental illness.
  • 20-year follow-up of the Swedish longitudinal cohort study on risk and protective factors for the development of eating-related illness among young girls.
Published by: Elin Krans Page responsible: Magnus Isaksson Updated: 2023-12-01
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